Anya Ventura

Anya Ventura is a critic and writer at work on her first book.

Whose Culture Is It?

Earlier this month, the theater group “BP or not BP?” stormed the British Museum in what they called the “Stolen Goods Tour.” The tour featured lectures and performances by indigenous artists and activists from Australia, Iraq, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Greece, as part of a call to return cultural objects from those countries and put […]

Kerry James Marshall Mural Remains in Chicago Public Library

On 115 South Pulaski Avenue, on the upstairs wall of the Legler Branch public Library in Chicago’s West Garfield neighborhood, hangs a rare treasure: a mural by the famed artist Kerry James Marshall. The city of Chicago originally bought “Knowledge and Wonder,” painted in 1995, for $10,000. It is now estimated to be worth over […]

Stolen Arab Art Sparks Controversy

This summer, an Israeli exhibition, “Stolen Arab Art,” presented contemporary video works by leading Arab artists without their consent. Curated by Israeli artist Omer Krieger, the exhibit inaugurated the launch of the new Tel Aviv gallery, 1:1 Center for Art and Politics, and promptly caused an uproar. Was the show a publicity stunt, an act […]